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    Default Wireless desktop monitor to TV [Not just streaming]

    Hello fellow Club Polk Members. I have asked this question before albeit years ago and the last time I asked, it looked like the cost for such a thing was around $500-$1,200. What I am looking for is a device that will [without a wire] place whatever I see on my desktop monitor onto my TV. I already have one of those "Smart" TV's that will share with the computer, view pictures and stream. I'm not interested in that.

    I just want a wireless device that within a 20-30 foot area, place whatever it is that I have on my computer screen onto my TV.

    Seeing that it has been years since I asked this question, I'm hoping the price has come down for such a seemingly simple task. My questions would be;

    Does anybody here use such a device?
    Is it reliable?
    Would you recommend it?
    What could I acquire one for?
    Can you view both screens at the same time?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to your input.

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    the only thing I can think of that would be similar is something like the apple tv.
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    I have used the better rated Netgear one in a conference room connected to a projector.
    It duplicates what you see on your computer screen to the display that it is connected to.
    Another one I had (forgot the brand) displayed via regular wifi and it showed up like a wifi network and acted as a wireless access point as well. It was painfully complicated to set up but worked wonderfully from anywhere in the building that was in range.

    Bear in mind though, that you will experience a minimal amount of lag between the computer display and the TV. It is barely noticeable but it is there and is unavoidable.
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    I guess the first question that I haven't seen mention or asked is are you Mac or PC? I assume PC since there's no mention of a Mac anywhere, but wanted to clarify.

    In the PC world there are adapters and stuff that will work depending on if your machine is WIDI capable, looks like someone has linked a few above.

    In the Mac world it's easy. Get an Apple TV (prices vary but top out at 99 bucks), and then the streaming to that box is built right into the operating system, it's as simple as clicking a button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    I guess the first question that I haven't seen mention or asked is are you Mac or PC? I assume PC since there's no mention of a Mac anywhere, but wanted to clarify.

    In the PC world there are adapters and stuff that will work depending on if your machine is WIDI capable, looks like someone has linked a few above.

    In the Mac world it's easy. Get an Apple TV (prices vary but top out at 99 bucks), and then the streaming to that box is built right into the operating system, it's as simple as clicking a button.
    Works very well, I even have it working with the Ipad. I would suggest some of the links mentioned above is using PC.
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    What he said... WiDi. It's built in to some of your higher-end laptops and TVs, so no extra gadgetry is required in some cases. But if you don't have it built in, you can buy the gadgets.

    I have a Netgear NeoTV that I use for streaming Netflix (and sometimes YouTube, Pandora, etc.) to my TV. Some of their newer models come with a WiDi receiver built in. I know the Max and the Pro do, and they're not very expensive. Plus, you know, you get the streaming, which the NeoTV does very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    I guess the first question that I haven't seen mention or asked is are you Mac or PC? I assume PC since there's no mention of a Mac anywhere, but wanted to clarify.
    Hello and good morning to you, AsSiMiLaTeD. That's a vaguely important question isn't it? My apologies for not specifying, I should have known to have added that little tidbit of information. I am using Windows. To all of you guys, thanks! It looks like the prices have dropped considerably with this technology and I did not know that it actually had a name, WiDi. At least now I know what in the heck I'm looking for. I could have sworn that I have seen this symbol "WiDi" somewhere on my Samsung smart TV just based on the fact that I thought they misspelled something, that's why it stood out to me. I will have to check when I get home tonight. I know the laptop will not have it but the HP desktop I have might. That's only about 8 months or so old and it has many of the newer bells and whistles.

    BTW, wires are not an option. I have a 4 year old and a dog. Combine that with the fact that the computer and the TV are on adjacent corners of the lower level which just so happens to be the highest traffic area of the house? Not gonna happen.

    Tom
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